DeepL Translator is a new free online translation service that works similarly to popular services like Google Translate or Bing Translate.
All you do is type or paste text that you want translated into the form on the DeepL website, and to pick the desired target language to get a translated copy of it.
One difference to established translation services is that DeepL Translator supports a limited number of languages right now. You may use the service to translate English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Polish right now to either of the supported languages.
While that limits the use of the service somewhat, as you cannot use it to translate Chinese, Japanese or hundreds of other languages, translations of supported languages appear to be of higher more human-like quality than those by Google or Bing Translate, and other established services.
The company plans to add additional languages -- Russian, Portuguese and Chinese are mentioned -- in the coming months.
You can check out the translation service with a click on this link to give it a try. If you use another translation service regularly, you may want to compare results between the two services to conclude which works better for you.
I ran a couple of English to German and German to English tests on DeepL, Google Translator and Bing Translator, and found DeepL's translation better -- but not perfect -- than those by the two other services.
DeepL's use of words appears to be more in context with the meaning, while Google and Bing sometimes use words that are literal translations of words that don't fit in the context.
You may click on any word of the translation to display suggestions on the DeepL website. This is useful at times, as you may correct translation errors this way. Another option that you have is to edit the translated text right away, for instance to add or remove words, or change the wording.
DeepL is created by the same company that has developed Linguee, a language translation tool that was released almost a decade ago.
The translation service is powered by a super computer and the use of convolutional neural networks.
Mobile applications for iOS and Android will be released in December if things go as planned.
DeepL Translator is a high-quality translation service. It is somewhat limited right now in regards to supported languages, but translations of supported languages appear to be of higher quality than those by comparable translation services.
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